Friday, July 31, 2015

Marilyn Singer's FOLLOW FOLLOW has been nominated for South Dakota's Prairie Pasque Award

We're pleased to announce that FOLLOW FOLLOW: A BOOK OF REVERSO POEMS (Penguin) by Marilyn Singer has been nominated for South Dakota's 2015-2016 Prairie Pasque Award (grades 3-5).

Sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association and first given in 1987, the annual award nominations provide a booklist fit for both instructional and recreational reading. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota third, fourth, and fifth grade students who are encouraged to read and vote for their favorite title from the masterlist. Further details can be found on the South Dakota State Library website.

Please join us in congratulating Marilyn, who is available for Skype chats through Balkin Buddies.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

S.A. Bodeen's LOST just came out today

LOST (Feiwel and Friends), S.A. Bodeen's 13th book, comes out today and is the second title in the author's SHIPWRECK ISLAND series.

The first line sets the tone for LOST: "Sarah Robinson sat in the soft sand, hugging her knees and watching the sun creep farther toward sunset." As School Library Journal noted, "this one will appeal to reluctant readers who like creepy suspense...." And by the time they get to the end of the book, readers, as Kirkus points out, "will be impatient for more...." 

Congratulations, Stephanie. The number 13 may be your lucky number, but we can't wait till 14 comes out!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Balkin Buddies is interviewed by the Bent Agency, a literary agent for children's book authors

The Bent Agency, a literary agency that has a top-notch reputation among both authors and publishers, recently interviewed Catherine Balkin of Balkin Buddies for their Bent on Books blog. We hope you enjoy the interview, which focuses on marketing and school appearances and provides detailed advice for new authors.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Darcy Pattison’s I WANT A DOG: MY OPINION ESSAY reviewed in Booklist

I WANT A DOG: MY OPINION ESSAY (Mims House), by Darcy Pattison will be "useful for teachers showing early elementary students the relevancy, power, and importance of effective writing," says the Booklist review. Here is the entire review:

MIDNIGHT: A TRUE STORY OF LOYALTY IN WORLD WAR I, by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frane Lessac reviewed in Booklist

MIDNIGHT: A TRUE STORY OF LOYALTY IN WORLD WAR I (Candlewick), by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frane Lessac: what a good way to begin teaching young children about World War I. Here is the Booklist review:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Watch for these Spring 2016 titles by Balkin Buddies authors and illustrators

While She Ate Her Way Up and Down and Continent, by Emily Arnold McCully - Random House

The Story of Louis Armstrong, by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome - Holiday House

Dollars and Sense, by Elaine Scott - Charlesbridge

Wink. Poppy. Midnight. by April Genevieve Tucholke - Penguin/Dial

The Hunt for the Missing Spy (Code Busters Club), by Penny Warner - Lerner/Darby Creek

Tuesday, July 21, 2015





ON AUGUST 25, 2016!!


M.E. Kerr's EDGE: COLLECTED STORIES gets very good review in School Library Journal

We're delighted to share this excellent review of EDGE: COLLECTED STORIES, by M.E.Kerr (Open Road Media), which will appear in the September 2015 issue of School Library Journal:

Kerr, M.E. Edge: Collected Stories. 200p. ebook available. Open Road. Sept. 2015. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781504009911.

Gr 8 Up–This collection of 15 short stories is intriguing, thought-provoking, and surprising. Each tale is written from a teen’s perspective, and the settings range from the recent past to modern-day to both the near and distant future. Taken together, the selections address almost every area of a young person’s life, including dating, siblings, parental expectations, sexuality, and planning for the future. But they go beyond teen issues, exploring larger truths about loss, cruelty, race, bigotry, and war. The book ends with a personal history of the author and her own struggles, not only as an author but also as a gay woman. These tales are written in a compelling and readable style. VERDICT Although short story collections do not currently enjoy the popularity that full-length novels or series do, this book is one that almost any teen will connect with.–Tara Hixon, Piedmont High School, OK

Published in paperback and as an e-book, EDGE: COLLECTED STORIES comes out in mid-September but is available for pre-order now.